Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is now the subject of several class action lawsuits claiming that the company’s talcum powder is responsible for giving women ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuits women have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum or baby powder for extended periods of time. Further research indicates that, since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talcum powder to ovarian cancer. Furthermore, a 2003 analysis of 16 cases found that women who used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who did not.
In one recent lawsuit regarding the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million for an ovarian cancer death. The Alabama lawsuit was filed by the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer caused by exposure to Johnson & Johnson’s popular baby powder products for several decades.
If you or a loved one have used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and have developed ovarian cancer, contact Atkins & Markoff immediately. Public awareness of the connection between the mega pharm company’s baby powder and ovarian cancer is relatively new, which means that many people are still unaware about the dangers associated with using this product. We are currently representing dozens of women who have used talcum powder products and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and we are continuing to take on cases like these. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and believe it may be linked to talcum powder use, it is imperative that we begin working on your behalf as soon as possible. We understand how devastating these cases are and will work diligently in pursuit of justice on your behalf.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
At present moment, Johnson & Johnson is facing numerous lawsuits alleging they failed to inform women about the possible risk of developing ovarian cancer after using talcum powder. The lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson knew about the link between talcum powder and cancer, but chose to withhold this information. Most notably, a 2013 jury found that Johnson & Johnson had an obligation to warn women about the possibility of developing ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc powder. The lawsuit referenced a monumental 1982 study in which researchers discovered that women using personal powder products were at a 92 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer. After this study became public, Johnson & Johnson was encouraged to include a warning on its products regarding this risk; however, they chose to ignore this suggestion.
Experts believe that, when used for feminine hygiene, talcum powder may actually travel to the ovaries and become embedded in the ovarian tissue. Even though talc is a natural mineral, it can be extremely challenging for the body to process and remove. As a result, inflammation may occur, which can lead to cancerous tumors on the ovaries in some serious cases.
Shockingly, the first study linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer was published in 1971, as mentioned above. In the study researchers stated that most ovarian tumors had traces of talc powder in them. Over the years, various other studies have confirmed these findings.
If you have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products, the attorneys at Atkins & Markoff would like to speak with you. Our attorneys have an outstanding track record of successfully representing injured individuals and recovering millions in compensation for our clients. To learn more about talc lawsuits or to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss your options, call us today at (405) 607-8757.